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Doctor insights on: H1n1 Flu Vaccine While On Prednisone

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Can rabies vaccine cause rabies? i have flu and the last dose of vaccine was 4 days ago, bitten by a animal still alive; given Vaxirab-N vaccine;PCEV

Can rabies vaccine cause rabies? i have  flu and the last dose of vaccine was 4 days ago, bitten by a animal still alive; given Vaxirab-N vaccine;PCEV

Serum Sickness?: The rabies vaccine cannot cause rabies, but does have side effects like serum sickness. Please discuss your symptoms with the doctor who prescribed the vaccine series. You need to balance the severity of your symptoms against the need to complete the series of rabies vaccines. This is especially true if the animal is still alive and can be observed for signs of rabies OR euthanized for testing. ...Read more

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Daughter had mmr on 10/20 & chickenpox vac on 10/26 now getting chickenpox again on 1/26 is that safe?

Daughter had mmr on 10/20 & chickenpox vac on 10/26 now getting chickenpox again on 1/26 is that safe?

Immunized: 3 months should make her immune to chickenpox. Either the vaccine didn't work, it is a similar virus or she will have a mild case. All the best. Let her MD know. ...Read more

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4 y/o babysitter has shingles on face. He's only had one dose of chicken pox vaccine. Is he protected?

4 y/o babysitter has shingles on face.  He's only had one dose of chicken pox vaccine.  Is he protected?

Maybe ok, but...: In such a situation, where a 4 year-old is exposed to the virus, he can go get his second chicken pox vaccine today and boost his immunity. This second shot is usually given at age 4 or 5 years anyway. ...Read more

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My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with the flu. She started Tamiflu (oseltamivir). How do we prevent the rest of us getting the flu? Tamiflu (oseltamivir)? No flu shots givn

My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with the flu. She started Tamiflu (oseltamivir).  How do we prevent the rest of us getting the flu? Tamiflu (oseltamivir)? No flu shots givn

Hand washing: You can ask your Dr to prescribe Prophylactic dose of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for any family members >1yr old. Good Hand washing with soap and water or antibacterial gels is another effective way to reduce transmission of respiratory infections. Covering your mouth when you cough also helps. It is not too late to get a flu shot. Take Care. ...Read more

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Taken full course of anti rabies vaccine last month again exposure and received 4 doses of anti rabies vaccine exposure again then am i safe rabies?

Taken full course of anti rabies vaccine last month again exposure and received 4 doses  of anti rabies vaccine exposure again then am i safe rabies?

Depends: on whether you received rabies immune globulin or the vaccine or both, which I assume was the case. Immune globulin offers temporary protection after exposure. The vaccine induces your own antibody production. Once you have received the vaccine, you will no longer be given the immune globulin after exposure but will be given the vaccine after exposure. In other words, each exposure requires vaccine administration but only the first requires immune globulin.http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/medical_care/ ...Read more

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Can i get the flu shot if i'm on humira (adalimumab)?

Can i get the flu shot if i'm on humira (adalimumab)?

Yes: Inactivated or subunit vaccines are not contraindicated in people on this type of medicine. The live attenuated FluMist vaccine should not be given. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take BCG, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Meningitis (Quadrivalent) and Hepatitis B vaccines together on the same day?

Is it safe to take BCG, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Meningitis (Quadrivalent) and Hepatitis B vaccines together on the same day?

Contraversial: Not clear as to why some children and even adults get a variety of reactions following vaccines. Obviously, there is an increased incidence of autoimmune problems worldwide, but this may or may not reflect increased vaccine use. No evidence that taking all together vrs separately will make any substantial ultimate difference, but personally, I am NOT clear regarding ultimate safety. ...Read more

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Completed my rabies vaccine 5 days ago (no allergic reaction) now i have flu can the vaccine cause rabies? animal bitten me is alive! given VaxiRab-N

Completed my rabies vaccine 5 days ago (no allergic reaction) now i have flu can the vaccine cause rabies? animal bitten me is alive! given VaxiRab-N

Rabies: The vaccine cannot cause rabies. Hopefully the animal that bit you is being monitored and will not have rabies. Glad to hear that you have completed the immunization and hopefully you will not have to worry further and your "flu" will clear up uneventfully. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the h1n1 vaccine and the flu vaccine mixed into 1 shot?

What is the h1n1 vaccine and the flu vaccine mixed into 1 shot?

H1N1 vaccines : The most recent (last several yrs) have had the h1n1 strain as part of the regular flu shot in the us. ...Read more

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Received 4th dose of anti rabies vaccine and dog bite me again what is the protection period of immunity?

Received 4th dose of anti rabies vaccine and dog bite me again what is the protection period of immunity?

Over 10 years: The vaccine provides protection for at least 10 years - probably no more than 14 years however. The recommended dose after possible exposure is 4 doses which you have now had. You should be covered. ...Read more

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How long after vaccines is my 2 month old in the clear from serious side effects? i read 48 hours but im still nervous. receivee rotavirus, dtap, hib.

How long after vaccines is my 2 month old in the clear from serious side effects? i read 48 hours but im still nervous. receivee rotavirus, dtap, hib.

Worry if U wish: It is hard to parent & sort through all the misinformation generated by anti-vaccers. The nasty stuff if any will be evident quickly & 48 hours is a good outlier.Rotavirus vaccine virus will be excreted in the poop for weeks, but I don't consider it a side effect.After almost 4 decades in Pediatrics I consider the vaccines we now have and their safety as the most important advance for our kids. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more